ACADIA NAT’L PARK — One man died after swimming in Echo Lake, and other visitors sustained serious injuries here over the holiday weekend.
Nathan Savage, 39, of South Portland had just finished a swim across Echo Lake and back at Ikes Point when he collapsed, possibly from a heart attack, mid-afternoon on Saturday, July 2. His wife immediately began CPR. Park rangers, Northeast Harbor Ambulance personnel and Mount Desert police worked for nearly an hour in an attempt to revive Savage. According to reports, he had been training for an upcoming triathlon.
Later on Saturday evening, around 8:30 a.m., a 22-year-old New Hampshire man was hurt while free climbing without ropes on cliffs near Old Soaker along Ocean Drive.
According to reports, the man dislodged a large chunk of rock that fell on his left hand, amputating his ring finger and breaking another digit. That caused him to fall from 10-15 feet onto rocks below. He sustained a broken right foot in the fall.
The first rangers on the scene were able to lower some first aid supplies to the man, who bandaged his own hand. Rangers and nearly a dozen members of Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue were able to rig a rescue rope system. A ranger was lowered down and escorted the man as he was raised up the 40-foot cliff in a harness.
The victim was taken to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor by Bar Harbor Ambulance and later transferred to a hospital in Boston for surgery to repair his finger.
On July 3, rangers and members of Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue were called to Flying Mountain after a man hiking on the south ridge trail tripped and fell, landing on his side on a rock, resulting in him having difficulty breathing. Crews carried the man about a quarter mile down the trail to a Southwest Harbor Tremont ambulance that took him to MDI Hospital.
On June 30, rangers and Bar Harbor Ambulance crews assisted a couple on the carriage roads after they crashed their tandem bicycle. The man was taken to Mount Desert Island Hospital with a possible broken pelvis.